Thursday, December 8, 2011

Verizon rumored to be working with Redbox on its internet video streaming service

If you're still trying to make the pieces of the recent "Verizon is launching an over the top video service" rumor fit, perhaps the missing element is information detailed by TechCrunch suggesting Big Red is the unnamed partner aligned with Redbox's upcoming online video efforts. According to the rumor, the two would connect like Voltron, or, like Dish Network and Blockbuster -- without the whole falling into ruin, bankruptcy and eventual purchase part of the story -- for a subscription service offering movies for streaming and download to a variety of devices. Allegedly dubbed Project Zoetrope, it would launch this spring however unlike Netflix or Amazon Prime Instant Video's all-you-can-eat approach, its hook is described as a credit based system allowing a certain number of movies to be streamed or downloaded every month. It's all very sketchy at the moment, but Redbox has gone dark about its streaming plans and it's just about time we heard something there, so we'll add one more thing to keep our eyes and ears open for at CES in January.

Verizon rumored to be working with Redbox on its internet video streaming service originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 08 Dec 2011 00:48:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  1. I am shocked to see DISH Network and Blockbuster compared to what Verizon and Redbox may have up their sleeves. I have read up on the possible streaming that Verizon is talking about starting, and they are thinking of releasing the streaming service in locations where their TV service, Fios, is not available. Let us say Fios is available to only half of the nation, then that would make their streaming accessible to just half of the nation, it is ludicrous. As for DISH Network, after they acquired Blockbuster they released the Blockbuster Movie Pass, which is available to all of their subscribers, even the ones in Alaska and Hawaii. The Blockbuster Movie Pass is in a league of its own because it offers streaming, DVD, Blu-ray and video game rentals by-mail with the option to exchange in store, and 20 extra premium channels. My view might come across as being biased since I work for DISH, but coming from someone who has the service, I highly doubt Verizon and Redbox will be any kind of competition for DISH Network.